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Remembering Mandela

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Remembering Nelson MandelaIn my memory is the disinvestment movement which encouraged the world to take their investments out of South Africa as long as Apartheid was their primary political activity. We all discovered that the University of California and other national American organizations had invested in the South African economy. I remember attending rallies where we promoted the disinvestment programs, while our politicians like Maxine Waters from Los Angeles and Ronald Dellums from Oakland pushed, more or less, from within. My recollection is that this push to divest was done over the objections of then Governor Ronald Reagan. However, for many investors, it was the anti-Apartheid struggle that revealed our ability to effect change through the power of our money.

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Let's Get Our Priorities Straight

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - getting priorities straight - community and youthBill Di Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, is married to Chirlane McCray. They have two children. Thomas Jefferson had children by Sally Hemming. Strom Thurmond had children by his family's maid. Bill Cohen, former senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense, married news reporter Janet Langhart. In case you didn't know, each of the above mentioned women are Black and the men are White. So what's the point? This should be of little concern as the world continues to move on.

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Making a New Day in the Season of Thanksgiving

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Making a new day in Thanksgiving seasonOnce again the Season of Thanksgiving is here and we have much to be thankful for. So I have listed a few things that we should add to our lists, as people who find ourselves in bad economic times with an African American President.

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Our Twenty-Fourth Anniversary

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Pasadena Journal 24th anniversaryThis month marks the twenty-fourth year of publishing The Journal. We started from a four page pamphlet on the year of my father's passing and moved from that to what we have today. It has been a labor of love based on the most basic motivator, filling a need.

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Life’s Lessons and Wise Choices

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Role models, life lessons and wise choicesPeople watchers can find many lessons in their daily observations of life. I am a people watcher and I am amazed at the types of things I see. People talk about not having role models to follow, but the world is full of surrogate role models. I watch them every day. Television provides some of the best and worst role models anyone could ever hope for. The most amazing role models are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. Just think about it. A teacher finishes high school in four years. That means a mere twenty-eight classes successfully completed. Then their masters, a few more classes, and the next thing you know they wake up, walking across a stage. Someone hands them a ticket (diploma) that says now you can teach one of those 28 classes they took.

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